FUNDS for a section of the Jervis Bay foreshore walk have been secured by the Callala Bay Community Association.
The shared pathway will be 1.6km long and will run behind the boating facilities at Callala Bay and up along the headland parallel to Marine Parade.
The pathway would form a section of the proposed walk around Jervis Bay which is expected to be about 40km long.
Callala Bay Community Association president Bill Hughes learnt of the $82,000 funding approval by accident in December.
“I was officially notified in February,” he said.
“This is very exciting.
“We have the money, we have the people power and we have runs on the board after completing other paths in the area.
“The one thing we don’t seem to have is council support and without that we risk losing the money,” he said.
“We have been pursuing this money for 20 months and still council is not ready.”
The group propose to build the majority of the shared path with volunteer labour.
They hope to be able to start work as soon as possible and would like to have the path complete for the navy’s fleet review in early October.
“This path will run around the foreshore so it will be a perfect spot for viewing the international fleet and we could have it finished by then, we’ve got the expertise,” Mr Hughes said.
“Council won’t give us a starting date and if we don’t use the money by March 31 we have to give it back,” he said.